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Author Singer, Peter, 1946-

Title Democracy and disobedience
Published Oxford : Clarendon Press, 1973


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Description viii, 150 pages ; 20 cm
Contents Part 1. Democratic and non-democratic models compared. The models -- Popular sovereignty and consent -- Equality and fairness -- The problem of minorities -- Participation
Part 2. Objections and qualification. Rights against the majority -- Disobedience for publicity -- Disobedience as a plea for reconsideration -- Conscientious objection
Part 3. From model to reality. Democracy, direct and representative -- Contemporary western democracy
Summary "Why, or in what circumstances, ought we to obey the law? Anyone seeking a dispassionate answer to this question should be able to follow the argument of this book. It centres on the common view that disobedience to the law, while justifiable in a dictatorship, is much more difficult to justify in a democracy. Proceeding from simple, small-scale societies, the author develops a distinctive theory of political obligation in an ideal democracy; and after discussing various forms of disobedience, including conscientious objection, the author asks to what extent existing systems of government approximate to this ideal."--From book jacket
Analysis Government, Resistance to
Passive resistance
Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Performer ISBN 0 19 875027 7 Pbk: £0.90
Subject Government, Resistance to.
Passive resistance.
LC no. 73166504
ISBN 0198245041
0198750277 (paperback)